I knew these lizards were present in Ghana and really hoped to see them, but I had no idea whether we would be visiting the right kind of habitat. But sure enough, within an hour or so of arriving at our first forest stop, I caught a glimpse of movement near the base of a large tree just across the road from our lodging, which turned out to be one of these little Lacertids basking in the mid-afternoon sun. At least a couple more were on the same trunk. If I got anywhere near the tree, they would all quickly duck into cracks or under fragments of loose bark. I got a few photos from quite a distance with a 300mm lens and tripod.
I looked for them again several times over the next couple of days, but they did not reappear for more than a few seconds. I think I was lucky to be looking when the conditions were just right on that first day.
- Spawls, S., Howell, K., Hinkel, H., Menegon, M. 2018. A Field Guide to East African Reptiles, 2nd edition